Stories for March 2005

Thursday, March 31st 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Chile sues Czech tourist for causing forest fire

Chilean authorities are suing a Czech citizen who accidentally started a fire causing extensive damage to Chilean Patagonia main national park, Torres del Paine.

Thursday, March 31st 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Antarctica annual turnover 900 million US dollars

Antarctica has an annual turnover of 900 million US dollars mainly from fisheries, scientific research and tourism, of which Punta Arenas only takes advantage of twelve million US dollars, claimed Jose Retamales Director of the Chilean Antarctic Institute, reports La Prensa Austral.

Thursday, March 31st 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Latinamerica 2005 job creation: “moderate optimism”

The International Labour Organization, ILO, expressed “moderate optimism” regarding the employment situation in Latinamerica on considering the region's economic growth prospects.

Thursday, March 31st 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Mercosur, Arab Presidential Summit to take place in May

The South American and Arab countries Presidential Summit to take place in May in Brazil seeks to conquer markets without “scandalous subsidies in farming products” -as is the case in the US and the EU, ? according to the head of the bloc's representative commission, Eduardo Duhalde.

Thursday, March 31st 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Tahiti calls for a OCTA “united strategy”

“A united strategy based on common interests is always fruit-bearing”, French Polynesia President Oscar Temaru said Wednesday in his opening speech before the three-day 4th Ministerial Conference of the European Union Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) in Tahiti, according to a report from TahitiPress.

Thursday, March 31st 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Breaking News

Headlines:
Clash over HMS Sussex treasure; Spanish television links Gibraltar to money laundering.

Thursday, March 31st 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Argentine defaulted bonds exchange delayed

Argentina decided Thursday to postpone its scheduled April 1 exchange of defaulted bonds waiting for New York court ruling regarding frozen securities included in the operation.

Wednesday, March 30th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

La Nacion alerts about squid poaching.

The South Atlantic Illex squid fishery is increasingly threatened by tens of jiggers from all over the world, many of them waiting just outside the 200 miles Argentine EEZ, ready to break in and poach on the world's 80% reserve of the species, highlights Buenos Aires daily La Nacion in a strong editorial condemning illegal, undocumented, unregulated fishing.

Wednesday, March 30th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Spanish military sales to Venezuela: “nothing to fear”

Spain's president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Tuesday in Venezuela that United States has nothing to fear from the sale of Spanish military vessels and aircraft to President Hugo Chavez administration.

Wednesday, March 30th 2005 - 21:00 UTC

Investors' confidence in Argentina “will take time”

The absence of a strong Judiciary branch upholding the law together with the lack of consolidated political parties unable to free themselves from permanent internal bickering is Argentina's main problem argues Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas.

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